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Dec 6, 2013 7:00am PST
public service by nelson mandela. mandela's impact on obama never waned. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> let me bring in washington bureau chief of the chicago sun times lynn swede. good morning. >> good morning, chris. >> you heard the president yesterday. he was highlighting how much nelson mandela meant to him when he was a young person thinking about what he was going to do with his life. it really did start early for him, this influence, didn't it? >> it did. obama has talked many times about his first political acts, chris, were protests as anti-apartheid movement that was such a big movement in the united states. and, you know, a young obama having a political awakening found his activism in the movement sparked by the people in the united states and around the world who were using boycotts and such to fight south africa. >> and they met, as we said, and there's just that one picture i think it was snapped by his d
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 9:00am PST
black president, obama made mention of his own legacy and how mandela influenced it. >> we know like south africa, the united states had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation. as was true here, it took sacrifice, sacrifice of thousands of people known and unknown to see the dawn of a new day. michelle and i are beneficiaries of that struggle over 30 years ago while still a student, i learned of nelson mandela and the struggles taking place in this beautiful land, and it stirred something in me. it woke me up to my responsibilities to others and to myself, and it set me on an improbable journey to find me here today. and while i will always fall short of madiba's example, he makes me want to be a better man. he speaks to what's best inside us. >> for the next three days, nelson mandela's body will lie in state in the capital city of pretoria. on sunday his body will be buried in the village in which he was born 95 years ago today -- or 95 years ago. joining me richard wolfe, founder and president for social inclusion mia wiley and author and radio host of studio 360 curt anderso
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 2:00pm PST
tonight on the passing of nelson mandela. president obama will deliver a statement on the passing of the former south african president coming up here in about 4 1/2 minutes as soon as the president comes out. we will bring you his remarks live. president obama to speak from the white house in just a few moments. let's bring in nbc's andrea mitchell. such a full life led by nelson mandela. if you could speak about the escalating international pressure to release him back in 1990, what was that like? this must have been a real global effort. >> it was indeed. it began before that. during the reagan years, initially president reagan is very much against apartheid and he was led to the position finally of opposing apartheid by george schultz. a rising star and a strong presence on foreign policy than a senator from indiana. there was a global push for this from faith leaders and from anti-segregationists here in this country. we heard just now the secretary general of the united nations that no one has done more. no one in our era and generation has done more to fight discrimination tha
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2013 3:00pm PST
right wing fight against obama care to nelson mandela's struggle against apartheid, i mean, what's your reaction? >> well, i just think it's absolutely shameful. i do think you're right in calling it a freakout because they seem to be all over the map. and actually if i was going to make a comparison, i would make the opposite comparison. because i think the struggle for justice which nelson mandela led for so many years is similar and equal to the struggle for health care as a right for people in the richest country in the world. and so the idea that they would make that comparison in the opposite wait is just tragic. and i really think when the history books are written in this time period, i think republicans of the future are going to be quite embarrassed and shamed by the way the anti-health care campaign is shaping up. >> now, governor, you were a democratic elected governor. how would you assess this week's signups, increased substantially. there seems to be a lot of interesting with a lot of people going to the sites. how would you assess this now that we're at the end of the we
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 7:00am PST
nelson mandela. i think that when president obama spoke he spoke to them as a son of africa. at least he got one of the biggest responses because the rain was making it very difficult for most of the speakers to be heard, so people were dancing and cheering and just not really paying a whole lot of attention. but when he spoke, they began to listen and began to cheer. i can only attribute that to the feeling that most africans have, that he is a son of africa. >> and, mayor, you've met nelson mandela on a couple of occasions. president obama also said that we will never see the likes of nelson mandela again. is he right? >> i think so in a physical sense, but perhaps in this sense of not only spirituality but in the sense of presence and the times in which he led. like gandhi, like king, like lincoln, nelson mandela lived through trials and tribulations and suffered mightily for what his views were yet emerged to be recognized not only as a great leader of south africa, but we see from the tribute, 90 world leaders, four u.s. presidents. the tribute to him is memorable. i cannot remember
MSNBC
Dec 8, 2013 11:00pm PST
. president obama eulogized president mandela. >> the day he was released from prison shows me what can be done when presidents are guided by their faith and not by their fears. >> yet president obama has struggled since he made history. he still aspires to achieve political consensus on some of the country's most pressing challenges. mandela also faced obstacles. while obama only met the south african leader once, president obama clearly understands the meaning of mandela. i was in college when mandela was freed from prison. in 1990 i traveled to oakland to see him during his visit to the u.s. on a victory tour, of sorts. he thank ed the tens of thousans gathered in the oakland sun for his support and toppling the right racist regime. his pure joy talking to the crowd is what i will always remember. i welcome this moment to pay tribute to nelson mandela as a figure who can inspire human beings to be better people. he exuded patience, principal as well as grace as a person. even after so much had been taken from him, he kept his heart open and changed the world. up next here, more on mande
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 10:00am PST
. jimmy carter had unique relationships with nelson mandela. barack obama had an important personal connection, also the connection, charlene was talking about that. george w. bush was really transformed in many ways, the pepfar agreement, all the work he's done since and repeated trips to tanzania. >> even people who didn't like george w. bush's politics or wars, whatever, have to give him credit for the pepfar program which literally saved millions of lives especially in southern africa providing retro viral drugs for aids to people who otherwise would not have had this lifesaving treatment. it's an astonishing accomplishment and recognized and appreciated across the continent where he's probably more popular than he is anywhere in the world. >> i was going to say um becki, mandela's successor has a reaction area view that aids somehow was not the treatment and so banned retro viral drugs. it was mandela and mandela foundation that stepped in and pepfar and george w. bush that filled the gap. >> that's right. remember, ten years ago epicenter of the aids epidemic, demographic and
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 11:00am PST
president obama and urging others, reflect, are you living your life as mandela would like you to do? >> nbc's ron allen. always, thank you. let's bring in presidential historian, michael beschloss and michael smerconish, also an msnbc contributor. op-eds are showing up, the handshake between president obama and raul castro, white house again insisting this was not something that was preplanned and if look at how it went down there, it seems as if that is the case. but florida republican senator, marco rubio, a vocal critic of the castro regime and administration as well, has already said, if the president was going to shake his hand, he should have asked him about those basic freedoms that mandela was associated with that are denied in cuba. john mccain saying, it gives raul some propaganda to continue to prop up his dikt torial brutal regime. that's all. and michael beschloss, given the circumstances, president obama bounded up the stairs and ran into raul castro. could he have not shaken his hand? how significant would it have been if the president of the united states just tur
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 1:00pm PST
his speech, as a tribute to nelson mandela, obama was speaking not just to the south african people, but to political people everywhere. that we've got to find ways to move forward together. >> well, and patricia, to that point, mandela famously said many times, prisoners can't make contracts. they can't make agreements. that was a political strategy about the role he was playing in the country. but it also, as you as a law professor can tell us, is legally accurate. because consent requires freedom. >> yes. and it was -- it's very interesting. i think that one of the legacies that he has is the constitution of south africa, which is among the most progressive in the world. and that certainly seems to be informed by his experience as a prisoner for 27 years. which under many, many regimes, he would not have survived. and the current constitution of south africa reflects that experience in that it bars both bodily and psychological insults to the dignity of prisoners. it protects a range of discrimination, goes far beyond any constitution, almost any other constitution in the world.
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 10:00pm PST
released from prison nelson mandela made a statement that president obama quoted tonight. >> i have fought against white domination. and i have fought against black domination. i have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together. >> in harmony and, and with equal opportunities. it is which i hope to live for and to achieve. but give me peace. it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die. >> joining our discussion now, michael eric dyson, professor of sociology. and by phone, ms. gault. take us back to that time when nelson mandela was in prison. he was unknown to the world when he went into prison but he gained his worldwide fame there. how did that happen? >> caller: i think that his movement never stopped putting him out there, putting the beliefs out there. and when i went in 1995, i couldn't get into the prison, but i went and looked over to where he was. i went to a little township, you know, the blacks were separated and segregated many miles from the main town, and i went to one of them, and i saw these kids, you know, singing in a
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 3:00pm PST
mandela's legacy. >> well, you know, goldie, president obama today, he actually called out repressive leaders for not tolerating descent. listen to this. >> there are too many people who happily embrace madiba's legacy but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge poverty and growing inequality. there are too many leaders who claim solidarity with madiba's struggle for freedom but do not tolerate descent from their own people. >> he was really calling out leaders and calling on the values and the principles that mandela stood for, which is the exact opposite of what they were trying to miscast him shaking hands with people that they may question. >> well, that's right, reverend. everything about how this president has reported himself in recent days surrounding the death of nelson mandela is in deep stride with the spirit of nelson mandela. in terms of embracing your enemy with a handshake, in terms of calling them out on a world stage on a soccer field filled with 95,000 people with the entire world watching, with him calling out these rogue nations for their human
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2013 8:00am PST
the world. president obama met mandela just once but says he will forever strive to walk in his footprint. >> i am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. like so many around the globe, i cannot fully imagine my life without the example mandela set. and so long as i live, i will do what i can to learn from him. >> today we look not only at how mandela is being remembered but also reflect on how his life's mission will be carried forward. >> often when some great man dies, we say we have to wait the judgment of history. i don't think we have to in his case. we start with michelle kosinski. as i understand the crowd has been gathering because the news of madiba's death came so late in the day. explain how you have seen the crowd swell. >> reporter: right. it's just incredible. it has been hundreds upon hundreds of people not stopping for a moment since last night. and people aren't staying all day. they're constantly moving through. so that tells you how many people might have come through here. possibly tens of thousands at this point. and i
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 9:00pm PST
of their leader, nelson mandela. >> that was a video birthday message that president obama prepared for nelson mandela back in 2008. we've got much more ahead. please stay with us. ooh, homemade soup! yeah... [ male announcer ] campbell's homestyle soup with farm grown veggies. just like yours. huh. [ male announcer ] and roasted white meat chicken. just like yours. [ male announcer ] you'll think it's homemade. i love this show. [ male announcer ] try campbell's homestyle soup. >>> he's now at peace. our nation has lost its greatest son. our people have lost a father. although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss. >> african president jacob zuma earlier tonight announcing the death of nelson mandela. mr. mandela was hospitalized in june because of a lung condition. at one point, mr. mandela was placed on life support. his family gathered, seemingly getting ready to say good-bye. for several days in late june the whole world braised for the word of mr. mandela's passing. everybody from president obama and ban ki-moon offere
MSNBC
Dec 7, 2013 11:00am PST
bush, president obama all had very deep conversations, president clinton, with nelson mandela. and they all took his example and tried to figure out how do they embody it. his legacy to the united states is huge as it is to the rest of the world. and i think he taught us that we need to rise above the petty politics that can divide us. and i think his lesson is more relevant today than ever and whether it's in congress or in syria that we can all learn from his example. >> marc, here's the thing, he was not afraid to speak truth to power. not just in his country but in this country as well. >> it's so critical to remember and understand the evolution of the relationship between the official position of the united states and the emerging republic of south africa. because in the 1970s and in the 1980s, united states official foreign policy sided with the apartheid regime. it was president reagan that vetoed sanctions which really came about because of student activism and community activism. i was proud to be a part of those efforts. the divestment efforts. that movement helped to change
MSNBC
Dec 8, 2013 11:00am PST
obama eulogized president mandela. >> the day he was released from prison shows me what can be done when presidents are guided by their faith and not by their fears. >> yet president obama has struggled since he made history. he still aspires to achieve political consensus on some of the country's most pressing challenges. mandela also faced obstacles. while obama only met the south african leader once, president obama clearly understands the meaning of mandela. i was in college when mandela was freed from prison. in 1990 i traveled to oakland to see him during his visit to the u.s. on a victory tour, of sorts. he thanked the tens of thousands gathered in the oakland sun for his support and toppling the white racist regime. his pure joy talking to the crowd is what i will always remember. i welcome this moment to pay tribute to nelson mandela as a figure who can inspire human beings to be better people. he exuded patience, principal as well as grace as a person. even after so much had been taken from him, he kept his heart open and changed the world. up next here, more on mandela an
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 7:00pm PST
mandela's death reached the white house, president obama said this. >> i am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my very first political action, the first thing i ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. i would study his words and his writings. the day he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they are guided by their hopes and not by their fears. we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. so it falls to us, as best we can, to forward the example that he set to make decisions not guided by hate but by love. never discount the difference that one person can make, to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice. for now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that nelson mandela lived. a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice. >> joining us now, a professor from columbia university and joy reid, managing editor and eugene robinson, i'd like to stop with you. to everyone -- i don't wan
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 3:00am PST
president obama. >> i think the symbolic value is that what nelson mandela fought for building a rainbow nation represented when barack obama, the president of the united states stands up there, a young man who started his political and policy career marching as a foot soldier around anti-apartheid and now comes as the head of the free world. it's befitting, it shows achievement and something that nelson mandela would be most proud of. >> i got to tell few. i love the picture of the presidents over there bringing both parties together. george w. bush, a man yesterday we were talking about who actually as a president who did more for africa than any other president. >> that's right. >> which is a legacy. part of that bush legacy you don't hear but you have three presidents down there in george w. bush and bill clinton and barack obama who i think represent us very well especially at this time. >> absolutely. you know, you go back to the relationship that mandela had with all these men and how personal it seemed with all of them when president obama came out on thursday and made his statem
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 6:00am PST
for coming in. >> thank you. >> up next, remembering nelson mandela, the president and mrs. obama are on the way to south africa right now for what is becoming a massive memorial, perhaps the largest in world history. heads of state will be gagering to pay respects. it will be a security nightmare for agents around the world. >> cans on across the country thanks to a wintry mix. we will have none other than jim cantore who will be live from the snowy northeast. a look ahead at the politics planner. >> it will bed bidens for them for a holiday celebration. you are watching "the daily rundown" only on msnbc. once upon a time, an insurance clerk stumbled upon a cottage. [knock] no one was at home, but on the kitchen table sat three insurance policies. the first had lots of coverage. the second, only a little. but the third was... just right! bear: hi! yeah, we love visitors. that's why we moved to a secluded house in the middle of the wilderness. just the right coverage at just the right price. coverage checker from progressive. you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec-d®.
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 1:00pm PST
washington and the world and, we are tackling several developing stories this afternoon. president obama and the first lady are headed to south africa, joining dozens of world leaders who will honor the late nelson mandela. the president is joined on air force one by former president george w. bush, his wife laura, and former secretary of state, hillary clinton. meanwhile, for families in newtown, some powerful public statements ahead of a painful anniversary. we will listen to their message in a few minutes. >>> also, signs of real steps towards recovery on friday. unemployment fell to its lowest rate since november 2008. white house officials say congress can build on these gains. and that brings us to our top story. president pushing congress to finish the deal on the budget. yes, the season for wheeling and dealing, and not just bargain hunting at the mal. washington lawmakers face their first test since house republicans backed off the government shutdown. that deal, of course, created a new economic deadline, a congressional budget by this friday. so both houses of congress looking
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2013 6:00am PST
met mandela only once while he was a senator in 2005. as president mr. obama travelled to see the cell where mandela was held for nearly two decades. he described his relationship to the man he and many others affectionately called madiba. >> he is a personal hero and i don't think i am u meek in that regard. he's a hero for the world. >> back this south africa, the mood is part sadness, but part celebration. crowds gathered to remember nelson mandela who changed the world by committing his to the freedom of the south african people. >> i have nothing but deep gratitude they have given to me as an individual and let me state this. they were able to achieve anything, i know that this is because i am the servant of the people of south africa. >> it has been more than two decades since nelson mandela walked out of prison, but for those who lived through it, it seemed to be a piece of a larger puzzle. consider when mandela was freed, we were less than a year removed from china's tianamen square. the berlin wall came down the previous november. it was a fleeting moment in history, but
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm PST
. >> that was a video birthday message that president obama prepared for nelson mandela back in 2008. we've got much more ahead. please stay with us. [ male announcer ] this is george. the day building a play set begins with a surprise twinge of back pain... and a choice. take up to 4 advil in a day or 2 aleve for all day relief. [ male announcer ] that's handy. ♪ because you can't beat zero heartburn. woo hoo! [ male announcer ] prilosec otc is the number one doctor recommended frequent heartburn medicine for 8 straight years. one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn. >>> he is now at peace. our nation has lost its greatest s son. our people have lost a father. although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss. >> african president jacob zuma earlier tonight, announcing the death of nelson mandela in south africa. mr. mande del della was hospitalized this past june. in late june, his condition went from serious to critical and at one point mr. mandela was placed on life-support. his family gathered, seemingly getting ready to
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2013 9:00am PST
lesson, i think, from mandela's example for president obama, for any leader, mandela never ceded the moral high ground. he always kept the moral high ground. and i believe that was in part his nature, and i believe that was in part a calculation that in the end, morality would work out. in the end the arc of history would bend toward moral justice. and i think that's a lesson. >> i don't think it's just the republicans that create the difference there. mandela in his one term, he was okay at managing the economy, okay at managing crime, not so great managing corruption. as eugene says, what he really stepped forward was his moral vision. he was a brilliant communicator. we expected that of obama. obama, in fact, has not been as president as brilliant a communicator as expected. he hasn't provided the same kind of moral vision in his speeches about health care, the economy -- >> recently. >> lately in touch with that. he's made pragmatic arguments more than this moral framework of an argument. i think maybe there's a lesson there for the white house from mandela. >> also need to think
MSNBC
Dec 8, 2013 4:00am PST
something to shoot back. let it be rick santorum to compare nelson mandela fight against apartheid to his personal fight against obama care. hmm. like snoopy fighting the red dragon. this is "hardball," the place for politics. [ male announcer ] imagine this cute blob is metamucil. and this park is the inside of your body. see the special psyllium fiber in metamucil actually gels to trap some carbs to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. metamucil. 3 amazing benefits in 1 super fiber. plays a key role throughout our lives. one a day men's 50+ is a complete multivitamin designed for men's health concerns as we age. with 7 antioxidants to support cell health. one a day men's 50+. >>> first of all, i would like to say you and the students here from au got a once in a life time opportunity to see in person a president talking about what it's like to be president while he's actually president. the last 15 minutes of this interview were extraordinary. i've never seen anything like it where a president kind of unburdened himself to you about why he's in the ball game. and i thought h
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Dec 7, 2013 2:00am PST
santorum to compare nelson mandela fight against apartheid to his personal fight against obama care. hmm. like snoopy fighting the red dragon. this is "hardball," the place for politics. keep their underwear clean. that's why there's charmin ultra strong. i'll take that. go get 'em, buddy! it cleans so well and you can use up to four times less than the leading bargain brand. [ female announcer ] charmin ultra strong has a duraclean texture that's soft and more durable to help your kids get clean while still using less. and it's four times stronger than the leading bargain brand. wow, you cleaned up a lot! you did too, pal! [ laughs ] [ female announcer ] used by more plumbers than any other brand, charmin is now clog-free or it's free. >>> first of all, i would like to say you and the students here from au got a once in a life time opportunity to see in person a president talking about what it's like to be president while he's actually president. the last 15 minutes of this interview were extraordinary. i've never seen anything like it where a president kind of unburdened himself to you
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 3:00pm PST
president obama put it incredibly well in that statement earlier. and he used one of nelson mandela's best known phrases when he said i fought against white domination and black domination to say this is not someone who was fighting just against the apartheid regime, but against racism right across the races. he said when he came to power as president in 1994 that he didn't want to push the white man into the sea. and perhaps in part for that reason, that is why he is so adored by people of all races. yes, an icon for black africans, an icon, too, in a different way perhaps for millions of white south africans too. although there is a great deal of criticism the way they've progressed, it is peaceful, it is democratic, and it is stable. and no one in 1994 predicted that. >> all right. well, we're going to have a lot more. thank you, rohit. and we're going to have a lot more on the breaking news of nelson mandela dead at the age of 95. including president obama's connection to him. stay with us. ♪ [ male announcer ] did you know that if you wear a partial, you're almost twice as like
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Dec 10, 2013 1:00am PST
to, of course, barack obama, who has we said has had a kind of special relationship with mandela and the mandela family. jimmy carter is one who sat down with us shortly after he arrived in this country yesterday to talk about not only how he first met and got to know nelson mandela, but how deep and how personal the relationship went largely because of members of jimmy carter's family. here is part of our conversation. >> i had a chance to meet with him, and he really reminded us that our daughter amy had been arrested three times as a college student demonstrating against apartheid. that developed a friendship. >> his presence and his ora made for an era here? >> i don't think there's any doubt since mandela left office the harmony between black and white has gone down, and he appealed to black and white people here on an equal basis, and i am not sure his successors have been able to do that. >> the sadness we knew this day would come, and he was a 95-year-old man, and yet the signage on the streets thanking him, and there's a sign asking how did he change your world? it seems so
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 8:00am PST
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Dec 5, 2013 4:00pm PST
barack obama. we present it against the backdrop of the passing of his personal hero nelson mandela. an event which msnbc will be covering for the rest of the evening. i have covered two great world events in my career. one was the fall of the berlin wall in 1989. the other was the first democratic election in south africa five years later. i was there when the country's black majority voted by the millions waiting in lines that stretched from one horizon to the other. i saw first hand the devotion to democracy and the non-violent political change that was the great legacy of the man who died today. president obama paid tribute to nelson mandela today. through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom to others, he transformed south africa and moved all of us. his journey from prisoner to president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better. his commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example for all humanity to aspire to. whether in the lives of nations or in our own personal lives. >>>
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 9:00am PST
your thoughts on president obama spoke the day nelson mandela passed away. from your experience with him as a candidate and through the beginning of his presidency, mandela was a larger than life figure for all of us but especially for this president there's a resonance there i'd love to get your thoughts on. >> i'm reminded -- when i heard the news i was reminded in august 2006, i had the opportunity on a trip through africa with then senator obama. we spent half a day on robben island where nelson mandela spent 18 years of his life in a cell. i remember walking into that cell. i remember walking around the grounds. i remember going to the limestone quarries where they were made to basically crush rock to pass the time. i was trying to explain to my 10-year-old who was watching on tv that this person nelson mandela had died. walking my son through what nelson mandela had gone through. i thought, you know, hopefully what it teaches everybody is to have the ability -- if nelson mandela could put aside three decades or more of hostility, of violence, of just what he had to go thro
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 2:00am PST
all the world is watching this and all the world is paying respects to nelson mandela and perhaps all the world has learned some of the lessons of reconciliation. >> lester holt inside the stadium. we're now told president obama's motorcade is on its way from his hotel to the arena. charlayne hunter dahl, once americans got to meet and know nelson mandela i know this is true in your case, the common denominator, often, was the struggler in the united states versus what wasin going on here which was, of course, bylaw as harsh as it gets, as suppressive as it gets, but nelson mandela at some pointas learned your ow personal history, which i hope you don't mind me saying involves you being y one of the first two african-american students att the university of georgia, 1961. it was a big deal and a big story at the time. >> well, you know, these relationships areim intertwined the civil rights movement and the, movement to free south africa. you know, they're parallel histories. many objective, freedom and equality. many don't know this because they associatete martin luther king prim
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Dec 10, 2013 8:00am PST
what a magnificent soul it was. >> president obama eulogizing nelson mandela as one of the greatest leaders of our time. and in south africa, rain is a blessing. the rain pouring down on joe hanesburg as tens of thousands mourned mandela's death. hi, everybody, good morning. i'm thomas roberts. mandela remembered as a prisoner, a president and giant of history. president obama was greeted with cheers as he first sat down at the stadium. it was a chance to memorialize one of his personal heroes. >> while i will always fall short of his example, he makes me want to be a better man. he speaks to what's best inside us. >> and then one of those moments where time seemed to slow was that handshake between president obama and cuba's raul castro, bringing together two very unlikely people. now two of the nearly 100 world leaders who gathered there in solidarity, and there were some certainly memorable moments in that stadium to honor nelson mandela, the man. >> nelson mandela showed us a way with a heart larger than this stadium. >> joining me now is nbc's ron allen. ron, this was certainly
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Dec 9, 2013 11:00am PST
. >> president obama and the first lady are in route to south africa where nearly 90 world leaders are expected to attend tomorrow's memorial service for nelson mandela. also on air force one, former president george w. bush, his wife laura and former secretary of state hillary clinton. former presidents bill clinton and jimmy carter are traveling separately. the only living president not able to attend george h.w. bush, at 89 can no longer travel such a long distance. it will be held in soweto where nelson mandela made his final public appearance in 2010. ron, you have half of the world's leaders gathering, that stadium seats 95,000. it is an open air and presented significant challenges security wise. >> reporter: yes, there's perhaps not been an event like this ever, dare i say, the most comparable is the funeral of pope john paul ii in 2005 where there was 3 million people and 75 or 80 world leaders who attended. this is going to be an amazing day tomorrow. there's a lot of anticipation already. behind me you can hear people in the streets here still singing and dancing and sell bragt the l
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Dec 9, 2013 7:00pm PST
memorial service for nelson mandela. president obama will be the first head of state to speak at the memorial tuesday. former president george w. bush and former first lady laura bush and former secretary of state, hillary clinton, are also traveling on air force one with the obamas. former presidents bill clinton and jimmy carter will also attend the event, but are traveling separately. president george h.w. bush could not attend. you can see the memorial service live on msnbc starting at 4:00 a.m. eastern time. >>> up next, republicans are still having some problems, some big problems talking to women voters. in the nation, we know how you feel about your car. so when coverage really counts, count on nationwide insurance. because what's precious to you is precious to us. ♪ love, love is strange just another way we put members first. because we don't have shareholders. join the nation. ♪ baby... ♪ nationwide is on your side ♪ ...are the hands that do good things for the whole community: the environment, seniors, kids, and animals. that's why we created the share the love eve
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Dec 9, 2013 10:00pm PST
nelson mandela. president obama will be the first head of state to speak at the memorial tuesday. former president george w. bush and former first lady laura bush and former secretary of state, hillary clinton, are also traveling on air force one with the obamas. former presidents bill clinton and jimmy carter will also attend the event, but are traveling separately. president george h.w. bush could not attend. you can see the memorial service live on msnbc starting at 4:00 a.m. eastern time. >>> up next, republicans are still having some problems, some big problems talking to women voters. in the nation, sometimes bad things happen. add brand new belongings from nationwide insurance and we'll replace stolen or destroyed items with brand-new versions. we put members first. join the nation. ♪ nationwide is on your side ♪ so ally bank has a that won't trap me in a rate. that's correct. cause i'm really nervous about getting trapped. why's that? uh, mark? go get help! i have my reasons. look, you don't have to feel trapped with our raise your rate cd. if our rate on this cd goes
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Dec 5, 2013 11:00pm PST
. president obama paid tribute to nelson mandela today. through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others i moved all of us. he embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better. his commitment to transfer power and reconcile those who jailed him set an example for all to aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or in our own personal lives. >>> i promised you the president of the united states. and he's here. let's play "hardball." >> it's my honor to introduce the president of the united states. [ applause ] >> well, thank you, mr. president. >> it's good to see you. >> so what brought you to "hardball"? >> american university. [cheers and applause] >> "hardball" was just an excuse to hang out with these fine, young people. i've had just wonderful experiences here. first time i spoke here, actually, was when i was running for the presidency. and ted kennedy announced his endorsement here. obviously he was an incredible friend and spoke in here about immigration. so i just have a wonderful interaction with
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Dec 6, 2013 12:00pm PST
see the likes of nelson mandela again. so it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set. to make decisions guided not by hate but by love. >> president obama leading our nation in mourning. former south african mandela, his death 24 hours ago was not unexpected but caused a deep sense of loss and outpouring of memories and condolences. he spent 95 years on this earth. 27 of them in prison for treason. he led the crusade against apartheid and for human dignity and reconciliation and won the 1993 nobel peace prize and became the first black president and nation's first democratically elected president and touched millions of lives around the world. mandela compares to dr. king and gandhi as nonviolent agents of change and progress. pope francis said the sted fast commitment in proving dignity and forging a new south africa built on firm foundations on nonviolence should inspire generations to put it in front of their political aspirations. plans are already under way for memorials and of course his state funeral. here in america, flags are lowered at the capitol and
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Dec 9, 2013 2:00am PST
gosay good-bye to ne mandela today. president obama will be among the tens of thousands attending the memorial. ron allen alive outside his former home in soweto. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. it's another very emotional day here. perhaps a day of preparation for the huge memorial service that will trach place at a soccer football stadium tomorrow that seats some 80,000 people but there will be tens of thousands bs perhaps hundreds of thousands of people trying to be near this place where nelson mandela will be honored and celebrated, his life and, of course, mourned for the loss. today a day of preparation, yesterday a day of reflection and remembrance at churches across the country. people are gathering to pay their respects and to reflect on his life and then as the week progresses after the memorial service tomorrow, mr. mandela's body will lie in state at the union building and on sunday next week, the state funeral, the official funeral in his homeland homeland, very remote part of the country but where he wanted to be buried so, again, an emotional week, a lon
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Dec 9, 2013 3:00pm PST
celebrating the life of nelson mandela. president obama is flying there today. and tomorrow he'll speak at mandela's memorial. officials are preparing a soccer stadium for the memorial where they are expecting dozens of world leaders and more than 100,000 mourners. they and millions across the globe will remember the man who inspired the whole world. mandela's life has also inspired a critically acclaimed new film which is set for wide release on christmas day and is already breaking box office records in south africa. "mandela: long walk to freedom" stars idris elba, and in this scene elba delivers the speech mandela gave at his trial in 1964 before he was sentenced to life in prison. >> i have cherished the ideal of a free democratic society where all persons live together in harmony we equal opportunities. it is an ideal which i hope to live for and achieve, but if need be, it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die. >> nelson mandela, do you plead guilty or not guilty? >> my lord, it is not i but the government that should be put in the dark. i plead not guilty. >> joining me now is
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Dec 10, 2013 6:00am PST
former presidents were all seated together. president obama got a warm welcome and greeted the mandela family before he took the podium to pay tribute. at one point the president openly challenged the other world leaders that were in the audience with him. >> there are too many people who happily embrace mandela's dream of reconciliation but passion resists even modest reforms that would challenge growing inequality. there are too many leader who is claim solidarity with his struggle for freedom but do not tolerate the same from their own people. and there are too many of us, too many of us on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard. >> after sending that message to world leaders, the president finished on a personal note. >> and while i will always fall short of madiba's example, he makes me want to be a better man. he speaks to what's best inside us. >> leaders from china, namibia, cuba, were also invited to speak. in fact, at one point, you saw president obama shaking hands with cuba's president, castro. when south africa's current preside
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Dec 9, 2013 11:00pm PST
can always put your best face forward. a face in need deserves puffs indeed. >>> president obama and first lady michelle obama are on their way to south africa for tomorrow's memorial for nelson mandela. they left this morning on air force one along with former president george w. bush, laura bush, and hillary clinton. bill clinton's traveling separately from rio and jimmy carter will join them in johannesburg as well. only the second time in history that the current president and three former ones are together on foreign soil. also making the trip, texas republican senator ted cruz. senate democrats were asked not to go because of their busy legislative calendar this week. on the house side, aaron schock is leading a 24-member delegation. many of those members are for the congressional black caucus. president obama will speak tomorrow at the service which you can watch right here on msnbc beginning at 4:00 a.m. eastern. that's tomorrow in the morning. we'll be right back after this. >>> welcome back to "hardball." if conservatives like senator rand paul get their way, unemployme
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Dec 7, 2013 5:00am PST
companies. >> that student's name was barak obama. free mandela became a popular rallying cry. not everyone in america was on board with freeing mandela and fighting the apartheid regime a. bill was introduced in congress. the anti-apartheid act of 19 necks would require the complete withdrawal. nelson mandela had been in prison for nearly a quarter century, for 24 hour years. apartheid had been the law of the land in south africa for 40 years and the bill did pass the house. it did pass the senate and then the president of the united states wouldn't put his signature on it. ronald reagan retoed the south african sanctions bill. >> night after night, week after week, television has brought us reports of violence by south african security forces bringing injury and death to peaceful demonstrators and innocent bystanders, more recently, we read of violent attacks by plaques against blacks. then there is the cal can ycula terror the mining of roads, bombings of public places, the imposition of marshall law and eventually creating the conditions for racial war. >> reagan was the bigges
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Dec 9, 2013 10:00am PST
mandela. also author to 'n'. senior adviser to president obama for u.s. institute for peace. thank you very much. you've seen all of this history and you were there on the ground during this tumultuous period. president bush 41, as we just showed, quickly moved beyond the shadow of the early reagan years where president reagan vetoed legislation and that veto over with. the state department secretary of state schultz and others, former senate foreign relations chairman dick lugar were pushing very strongly for a different policy. >> they were. they knew the veto was a mistake. right after that secretary schultz moved to redescribe anc not as terrorist organization and open up contacts with the group in osaka. >> you were on the ground when he came out -- >> after he came out. >> moved into the negotiations which were critical. >> went up and down in 1992, had a break in the negotiations, a serious break over violence. the two presidents, the two leaders, nelson mandela and f.w. de klerk came together, one of the things they agreed, which is a lesson for other peace processes that there
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Dec 5, 2013 8:00pm PST
tonight. >>> tonight, we bring to you my interview with president barack obama. this is the historic passing of his personal hero, nelson mandela, an event that msnbc will be covering for the rest of the evening. i have covered two great events in my career. one was the fall of the berlin wall in 1989 and the other was the election in south africa five years later. i was there when the black majority voted by the millions, stretching from one horizon so the other. i saw firsthand the devotion to democracy and the great legacy of the man who died today. president obama paid tribute to nelson mandela today. through his fierce dignity, an unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others he transformed south africa and moved all of us. embodied the that countries can change for the better. his commitment for the power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example for all humanity to aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or in our own personal lives. >>> i promised you the president of the united states, and he's here. let's play "hardball." ♪ >> it's
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Dec 9, 2013 9:00pm PST
embassy by south africa's ambassador to the u.s. mr. biden said at the meeting that nelson mandela was "the most remarkable man i ever met in my whole career." a few hours before the vice president's trip to the embassy, president obama and first lady michelle obama boarded "air force one" to start the long, 16-hour flight to south africa, where they will attend the memorial service for nelson mandela that will be held tomorrow morning. as we speak, world leaders from every corner of the globe are on their way to south africa for that memorial service and for the funeral and other events that are going to take place there over the next few days. the american delegation to south africa includes not only president obama and the first lady, but also three former presidents, george w. bush will be there and president clinton and jimmy carter. this appears to be on the second time in u.s. history that that many presidents, four living presidents, will be together, somewhere outside the united states. the only other time that has ever happened in history was at the funeral of jordan's king h
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Dec 7, 2013 7:00am PST
triumphs. mandela meant many things to many people, including president obama, who offered this tribute shortly after mandela's death. >> for now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that nelson mandela lived, a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice. >> no one can deny the indelible contributions and sacrifices that nelson mandela made and for the people of south africa and ultimately the world. but often when a great leader passes on, what we think we know about that person and the truth become two different things. after death, the legacies of great leaders are often usurped and punched of any imperfection. this is exactly what happened with dr. martin luther king jr. his contributions are often confined to racial equality battles when his message was, in fact, much larger than that. remember, it wasn't just the march on washington. it was the march on washington for jobs and freedom. king's own economic message of a radical redistribution of wealth was not well received, and at the end of his life, he was not a national hero. h
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Dec 7, 2013 9:00am PST
laura bush will join the obamas aboard air force one to make the trip to south africa for mandela's services. former president bill clinton and hillary clinton also expected to attend. no word yet if the clintons will be flying on air force one with presidents obama and bush. we've just learned a spokesman for former president carter also telling nbc he is going to south africa as part of the elders delegation. he will not be on air force one with the obamas. new today in politics, president obama is scheduled to speak this hour about u.s.-israeli relations in the current environment. part of a forum sponsored by the saban center at the brookings institute. other speakers include secretary of state john kerry, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. new today, the president is calling on congress to extend unemployment benefits set to expire on december 28th. >>. >> the nonpartisan congressional budget office predicted allowing them to expire will be a drag on economic growth next year. a report by the department of labor and my council of economic advisors estimated could cost b
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Dec 10, 2013 2:00pm PST
nelson mandela. but instead of celebrating the man, many republicans focused their attention on something else. this hand shake between president obama and cuban president raul castro set the right wing off. senator john mccain led the charge. >> should he not have done it? >> of course not. why should you shake hands with somebody who's keeping americans in prison? i mean, what's the point?
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Dec 6, 2013 4:00pm PST
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Dec 9, 2013 2:30am PST
otherwise. #waytoo earlyt. i had my shares of 360s driving to work in my day. >>> the obamas joining more than 50 world leaders paying tribute to nelson mandela tomorrow. president george w. bush and his wife will join them, president clinton and jimmy carter attending also. a big test for south africa's government as it plans the memorial expecting 94,000 people at fnb stadium where they had the world cup in 2010 and another 100,000 plus expected outside at overflow areas around the city. many details were worked out well in advance. politico is reporting the last-minute services are pretty daunting. concerns from the motorcade route to his safety once inside. meanwhile, sunday marked an official day of prayer across south africa. but in churches the scene was as much celebratory as mournful. other parts of the world, ukraine's president facing major unrest and a 48-hour deadline threat to disband his government. anti-government protesters yesterday toppled the stature of lenin. he's, of course, the founder of the soviet union, demonstrators took turns attacking the statue with hamm
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